Aside from being a hugely entertaining football match, Barcelona’s 4-2 victory over Atletico Madrid on Sunday also left fans blown away by the quality of the camera work on show.
Barça sealed all three points to move above Atletico into fourth place in the La Liga table.
Yannick Carrasco gave Atleti an eight-minute lead at Camp Nou, but goals from Jordi Alba, Gavi and Ronald Araujo put the hosts 3-1 up at half-time.
Veteran full-back Dani Alves, who turns 39 in May, netted a fourth goal for Barça shortly after half-time.
The Brazil international was then sent off with 20 minutes left on the clock after Luis Suarez had pulled a goal back against his former employers.
We also got to see Adama Traore and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in Barcelona shirts following their moves from Wolves and Arsenal, respectively.
Barcelona 4-2 Atletico footage looked incredible
And the quality of the footage broadcast live to an international audience left many football fans amazed.
Check out this footage as the players took to the pitch:
I need this 8K camera for the premier league pic.twitter.com/UfpWOZ0JEC— dan (@hardmandesign) February 6, 2022
And how about this high quality video of Aubameyang coming on for Adama:
Meanwhile, this footage of Alves celebrating his goal looked incredibly cinematic:
It does look pretty incredible, doesn’t it?
can we talk about these la liga cameras…. doesn’t look real it’s mad pic.twitter.com/0zYZD3G235— yoli (@yolanieli) February 7, 2022
Let’s check out some of the reaction from social media:
What cameras do La Liga use to broadcast this footage?
Now, there’s a suggestion that this footage was recorded with an ‘8k camera’ – but this isn’t accurate.
The camera used is, in fact, a lightweight, mirrorless camera that’s been paired with a 35mm lens capable of delivering a very shallow depth of field.
The camera (in most cases, at least) is a Sony a7R IV was paired with FE 24-70mm F2.8 GM lens and mounted to a DJI Ronin-S gimbal – it’s also dubbed as the Megalodon.— Karan Tejwani (@karan_tejwani26) April 7, 2021
When the camera operator focuses on the player or a group of players, the background goes blurry.
If you’ve ever used the ‘portrait mode’ on your mobile phone, you’ll be familiar with the blurred background effect.
The camera is connected to the live broadcast via a wireless link and the outcome is that viewers are left feeling closer to the action.
La Liga first introduced this technology during the 2020-21 season and it’s clearly very popular with viewers.
“At LaLiga, we are constantly researching cutting-edge innovations and technological solutions that allow us to offer the best audiovisual product. To this end, we will continue developing and fine-tuning this new system to enhance the visual experience for our fans,” Melcior Soler, Director of LaLiga’s Audiovisual Department, said when the technology was announced.
The Premier League and other leagues across Europe might need to up their game.
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